Getting to Minnesota
The North Star State is easy to reach, whether you’re flying, driving or arriving by train. No matter how you get here, we want your travels to be as smooth and hassle-free as possible. Read on for travel information and tips, then check out how to get around Minnesota once you arrive.
A LAY OF THE LAND
Minnesota is located in the upper Midwest, in the north central U.S. along the Canadian border. The state is about 400 miles long from top to bottom, and the width varies from 200 to 350 miles across. The state is divided into five regions. Minnesota borders Lake Superior along the state’s northeastern edge, and the Mississippi River flows throughout much of the state.
Getting Here By Air
Touch down at one of nine passenger service airports and you’ll be within easy reach of adventure. Four Minnesota airports offer international service.
All Minnesota Airports
See below for a list of Minnesota airports across the state.
Delta airplane on tarmak at MSP Airport / Emmanuel Canaan
MSP International Airport is surrounded by Minneapolis, St. Paul and the suburban cities of Bloomington, Eagan, Mendota Heights and Richfield. As the 17th busiest U.S. airport for passengers, MSP is home base for hometown carrier Sun Country Airlines and Delta Air Lines’ second largest hub.
The airport has received various accolades including awards for safety, concessions and airport design. Most recently, MSP was named the 2017 top North American airport for efficiency excellence in its size category by the Air Transportation Research Society.
Airport Hubs & Terminals
MSP has one airfield with four runways and two terminal buildings (Terminal 1 & 2), each with adjoining parking ramp facilities. Travelers who need to transfer from one terminal to the other use the light rail transit service. There is no pedestrian access between the buildings.
- Terminal 1 / Lindbergh: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air Choice One, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Boutique Air, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines
- Terminal 2 / Humphrey: Condor, Frontier Airlines, Icelandair, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
MSP Airport offers many convenient, reliable transportation options.
- Cars and shuttles
Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride services
Van and shuttle services
Car rental services
- Local public transportation
Light rail transit
Public bus service
- Intercity and interstate buses
Jefferson Lines scheduled bus service
Browse car rental companies conveniently located at MSP and nearby.
Uptown Minnesota, MSP Airport / Metropolitan Airports Commission
Things to Do at MSP Airport
If you find yourself with some time to spare before your flight takes off, check out 10 ways to explore MSP Airport. With shopping, dining, art, music, kid-friendly fun, a walking path and luxe ways to unwind, you’re sure to make the most of your time here.
Getting Here by Car
With major interstate highways connecting nearby states to Minnesota and key border town access points between Canada and Minnesota, accessing the North Star state is a breeze. Use the information below to plot your road trip, and be sure to check out the state’s scenic byways.
- Major interstate highways: I-35, I-35E, I-35W, I-90, I-94
- Auxiliary interstate highways: I-335, I-394, I-494, I-535, I-694
Drive Times & Mileage
|To MSP||To Duluth||To Rochester||To Bemidji||To St. Cloud|
|Fargo||3.5 hrs 235 mi||4.5 hrs 240 mi||5.4 hrs 321 mi||2.5 hrs 129 mi||3 hrs 172 mi|
|Sioux Falls||4 hrs 238 mi||6 hrs 390 mi||3.5 hrs 238 mi||6 hrs 358 mi||4 hrs 228 mi|
|Des Moines||4 hrs 244 mi||6 hrs 396 mi||3 hrs 212 mi||7 hrs 548 mi||4.5 hrs 308 mi|
|Madison||4.5 hrs 275 mi||5 hrs 332 mi||3 hrs 213 mi||7.5 hrs 481mi||5 hrs 337 mi|
|Green Bay||5 hrs 305 mi||5 hrs 331 mi||4.5 hrs 267 mi||7.5 hrs 480 mi||5 hrs 343 mi|
|Milwaukee||5.5 hrs 340 mi||6 hrs 400 mi||4 hrs 227 mi||8.5 hrs 545 mi||6 hrs 400 mi|
|Omaha||6 hrs 374 mi||3.5 hrs 530 mi||5 hrs 345 mi||8 hrs 535 mi||6.5 hrs 277 mi|
|Chicago||6.5 hrs 422 mi||7 hrs 468 mi||5.5 hrs 350 mi||9.5 hrs 617 mi||7 hrs 437 mi|
|Lincoln||6.5 hrs 432 mi||8.5 hrs 584 mi||6 hrs 400 mi||9 hrs 566 mi||7 hrs 413 mi|
|Detroit||11 hrs 690 mi||11 hrs 750 mi||9.5 hrs 630 mi||14 hrs 904 mi||11.5 hrs 750 mi|
|Kansas City||7 hrs 540 mi||8.5 hrs 588 mi||6 hrs 404 mi||10 hrs 651 mi||7.5 hrs 501 mi|
|Indianapolis||9 hrs 590 mi||10 hrs 649 mi||8 hrs 529 mi||12.5 hrs 804 mi||10 hrs 653 mi|
|Winnipeg||7 hrs 763 mi||7 hrs 378 mi||8.5 hrs 542 mi||4.5 hrs 232 mi||6.5 hrs 392 mi|
|Denver||13.5 hrs 914 mi||15.5 hrs 1066 mi||13 hrs 882 mi||15 hrs 964 mi||14 hrs 768 mi|